Teen death rocks North Rockhampton School community

HEARTBREAKING: Former Rockhampton student Jayden Millbank tragically drowned on Sunday.
HEARTBREAKING: Former Rockhampton student Jayden Millbank tragically drowned on Sunday. Contributed

THE heartbreaking death of a popular 16-year-old former student has shattered the North Rockhampton State High School community this week.

Jayden Millbank, who moved from Rockhampton to Gordonvale in the southern end of Cairns, drowned at a swimming hole over the weekend.

A Cairns police spokesperson said police were preparing a report for the coroner following the tragic drowning death at the popular Ross and Locke swimming hole on Sunday.

"The boy was swimming with his 16-year-old friend shortly after midday when he got into difficulty and failed to surface," a Cairns police spokesperson said.

"A number of nearby witnesses dived in to assist, however they were unable to locate the boy.

"Police and emergency crews attended and the swift water rescue team located and retrieved the boy's body around 1.30pm."

A spokesperson for the Queensland Ambulance Service described the water to northern media as "cold and treacherous".

The popular swimming hole is a favourite spot for locals to picnic and swim because it is considered to be crocodile safe.

In 2012, a 25-year-old Korean backpacker drowned at the same swimming hole after he began to struggle in the water.

It is believed Jayden and his family only moved from Rockhampton to Gordonvale last month.

As news spread of Jayden's death, tributes for the teenager flowed across social media platforms throughout the week.

Many family members, friends and former classmates of Jayden described him as family-orientated, a comedian, a budding musician and a great friend who was loved by all.

The Morning Bulletin understands staff of North Rockhampton High have put support systems in place to assist grieving students.

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